Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself

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Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself

by Russell Wangersky

Dundurn | March 12, 2009 | Trade Paperback |

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Winner of the 2009 British Columbia''s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, short-listed for the 2008 Writers'' Trust Non-Fiction Prize

Thousands of boys dream of becoming firefighters. Some get the chance, and for some of those, the dream becomes a nightmare.Burning Down the House is the story of Wangersky''s eight-year career as a volunteer firefighter, an experience that wound up reaching into every facet of his life and changed the way he saw the world forever. Written in vibrant, luminous prose, the book traces his years from rookie to veteran firefighter and the toll it took on his personal life. Offering a rare glimpse into physical dangers and psychological costs of trying to save strangers'' lives, Wangersky paints a harrowing and sometimes heartbreakingly vivid portrait of the fires, medical calls, and automobile accidents that are the standard fare of the profession.

Visceral and affecting, Burning Down the House is an insightful insider''s account of the perilous world of firefighting and an unforgettable memoir of how, in finding his passion, Wangersky lost himself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: March 12, 2009

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887624103

ISBN - 13: 9780887624100

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Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself

Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself

by Russell Wangersky

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: March 12, 2009

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887624103

ISBN - 13: 9780887624100

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Winner of the 2009 British Columbia''s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, short-listed for the 2008 Writers'' Trust Non-Fiction Prize

Thousands of boys dream of becoming firefighters. Some get the chance, and for some of those, the dream becomes a nightmare.Burning Down the House is the story of Wangersky''s eight-year career as a volunteer firefighter, an experience that wound up reaching into every facet of his life and changed the way he saw the world forever. Written in vibrant, luminous prose, the book traces his years from rookie to veteran firefighter and the toll it took on his personal life. Offering a rare glimpse into physical dangers and psychological costs of trying to save strangers'' lives, Wangersky paints a harrowing and sometimes heartbreakingly vivid portrait of the fires, medical calls, and automobile accidents that are the standard fare of the profession.

Visceral and affecting, Burning Down the House is an insightful insider''s account of the perilous world of firefighting and an unforgettable memoir of how, in finding his passion, Wangersky lost himself.

About the Author

Russell Wangersky''s most recent book, The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 BMO Winterset Award and was longlisted for the Relit Awards. His previous book, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself won Canada''s largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Rogers Communications Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Book Award and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Writer''s Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 selection in 2008. His 2006 short story collection The Hour of Bad Decisions was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer''s Prize, first book, Canada and the Caribbean. It was a Globe and Mail Top 100 selection in 2006. Wangersky lives and works in St. John''s, where he is an editor and columnist with the St. John''s Telegram.

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...a master storyteller with a keen eye for the critical details that bring his written descriptions to life as cinematic scenes.
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